Library Funding

Summary of Positions

  • ALA works to preserve and increase all current levels of federal funding for libraries across the country.
  • ALA works to preserve and enhance the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which distributes funds through state grants and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) per a population‐based formula with a state match.
  • ALA works to preserve and enhance the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant program from the U.S. Department of Education, which supports school libraries and non-profit literacy organizations working to improve reading skills at the most critical early years of a child's development.
  • ALA communicates to Congress about the importance of funding federal libraries, like the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Libraries, the National Agricultural Library, and the National Library of Medicine.

The Issue

 

Related

  • Coalition Letter to the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee re: FY19 funding for the Census Bureau (June 4, 2018)
  • Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittees on the Legislative Branch re: funding for the Library of Congress and GPO (April 17, 2018)
  • Testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Legislative Branch re: funding for the Library of Congress and GPO (April 16, 2018)
  • Letter from four library organizations to the House and Senate Subcommittees on Legislative Branch Appropriations re: grantmaking study to Federal Depository Libraries (April 6, 2018)
  • Letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committees about FY18 Library Funding (February 22, 2018)
  • Correspondence Archive

Staff Contact Information

Kevin Maher
Deputy Director, Public Policy and Advocacy
kmaher@alawash.org

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